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C an you believe August is almost over? As we’re gearing up to head back to fall, I wanted to share some common questions or concerns people have about the online course – let’s dive right in!

1. I’m not sure I can commit the time. How long does it take?

The MU online course does require a time commitment, but honestly, so does learning in general. 😉 If you’re ready to move forward in your film career and take the next steps (whether you’re a beginner or intermediate), it’s worth the investment!

For the first half of the course you will focus on pre-production and planning for your project. In the second half you are filming and editing, so more time may be needed, but 8 to 10 hours is the average. If you do have minor scheduling issues during the course, just let us know and we will help you work around them.

2. What is the value of taking the course during these 8 weeks? Can’t I take it on my own time?

Our students get the most value by following the “live” course schedule. This allows the instructors to review your work and provide feedback with personalized, consistent coaching. Plus, it helps YOU complete your project in a timely manner, and at the same time as your fellow students!

3. I’m not sure I want to spend the money right now. Do you have other options?

At Motion University, our goal is to create a place where you learn through personal application.  We want you to be able to pursue a career in film through DOING, while paying a fraction of the cost of film school. 

Specifically for our online course, you’ll be able to work with a client, have personalized coaching, and finish a project in 8 weeks. You’ll then be able to take the process you learn, and start making money through client projects after the course. That’s value you can’t find in other similar online courses!

If you’d love to learn but you’re not sure you can afford it, we also offer a payment plan (feel free to contact me about it!).

4. I’m an intermediate filmmaker – is this course for me?

MU is designed for anyone pursuing film & video as a career, including those who have already made their own projects. While you may already know things like shutter speed and 3-point lighting, the most valuable part of the course is learning the process, and walking through it with personalized coaching from experienced filmmakers.

As a side note, previous experience isn’t required, but be prepared to invest time and financial resources as you get set up along the way!

So there you have it! 4 of your common questions answered. I’d love to hear from you, so if you have anything else you’d like to ask, feel free to email me at

If you haven’t yet, check out our other blog posts! We have lots of free, educational content to help you grow your career in film, wherever you’re at.

Hannah Bartlett

Hannah Bartlett

Hannah Bartlett is the CXO for Motion University. She enjoys exercising both the right and left sides of her brain, working in the creative and logistics side as she supports those around her, and shares the passion of making film a career, not just a hobby.

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